Garcia taking new approach at spring training
New York Yankees pitcher Freddy Garcia is taking a new approach
at spring training.
The 34-year-old righty says he needs to throw well to win one of
two open spots in the Yankees’ rotation.
”I didn’t really pitch good in the past,” Garcia said Friday.
”This year has to be different. Hopefully, this year I pitch
better than I used to in spring training. I’ve got to fight to make
The two-time All-Star went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts for
the Chicago White Sox last season. He signed a minor league
contract with the Yankees in the offseason that could be worth up
to $5.1 million. It also lets Garcia opt out by late March.
”That’s why I’m here (to win a job),” Garcia said. ”If you
don’t think of it that way, don’t be here.”
Garcia has a career record of 133-87 in 12 seasons with Seattle,
Philadelphia, Detroit and the White Sox.
Garcia, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre are in the mix
for the rotation openings behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil
Hughes. Left-hander Andy Pettitte retired during the winter.
”These spots are going to have to be earned, that’s the bottom
line,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Garcia bounced back from three injury-interrupted seasons to
pitch well for the White Sox last season. The Yankees got a
close-up look at him when he threw seven impressive innings to beat
them in Chicago on Aug. 27.
”I’m feeing good. I’m feeling 100 percent,” Garcia said. ”I
know how to be more prepared and concentrating more.”
Garcia enjoyed successful, durable years early in his career
with Seattle. He went 17-8 as a rookie in 1999 and was 18-6 with an
AL-leading 3.05 ERA and 238 2-3 innings in 2001. He was an All-Star
for Seattle in 2001 and 2002.
In seven of his first eight seasons, Garcia made at least 30
starts and pitched at least 200 innings.
Garcia won a total of five games for the Phillies, Tigers and
White Sox from 2007-09 before showing flashes of his old self last
Notes: RHP Joba Chamberlain increased his bullpen workload to 47
pitches. … Eighth-inning man Rafael Soriano is set to throw off
the mound next week. The Yankees have both Soriano and closer
Mariano Rivera utilizing a slower approach in spring training.
Rivera’s first bullpen will come sometime after Soriano’s initial
session. … Saturday is reporting day for position players. The
first full squad workout is Sunday.